Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Talks Park Heights Redevelopment at Associated Meeting

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the crowd gathered at Beth Tfiloh Congregation Wednesday night that she feels Park Heights “is part of our city that can be vibrant again.” Addressing more than 350 supporters and donors at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s annual meeting — where it was announced that the annual campaign… Read More

You Should Know… Joseph Zajdel

Joseph Zajdel has been around Baltimore all his life, and he understands there are a lot of needs in the city. Zajdel, 37, grew up in Randallstown, attended Pikesville High School and lives in Stevenson with his wife, Lisa, and son, Bradley. He graduated from Towson University in 2002 with degrees in psychology and business… Read More

For Love of Community

This past winter, in the midst of the bomb threats to JCCs across the country, I witnessed something incredible. I was in a meeting at the JCC with Jewish Volunteer Connection when we learned of a bomb threat to the JCC next door and heard we needed to evacuate. As we left the building, I… Read More

Towson Hillel Director Noam Bentov Makes Move to Johns Hopkins

Noam Bentov is leaving his post as executive director of the Towson University Hillel after nearly two years to become executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Hillel. The announcement first came in a Facebook status on Bentov’s personal page May 12. Bentov told the JT he plans to remain at Towson through the end… Read More

An MIDC Milestone Nonprofit commemorates 25 years of Maryland-Israel business prosperity

Marvin Schapiro understood that the Baltimore Jewish community could help build a strong and vibrant Jewish state by helping its economy grow. Unprecedented high hopes took hold for Schapiro, a Baltimore native who died at the age of 82 in 2002, when, in the mid-1980s, he decided to invest in an Israeli company that made… Read More

DFI to Honor 3 for Community Commitment

Three local professionals will be honored next week at the Darrell D. Friedman Institute’s Creating a Connected Community celebration for their work in Baltimore’s Jewish community. The DFI, in collaboration with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, will honor Larry Ziffer, CEO of the Macks Center for Jewish Education; Meghann Schwartz, associate director of… Read More

At the 4Front of Engaging Jewish Teens

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC’s teen engagement effort, originally called the Center for Teen Engagement, recently rebranded to 4Front, a name officials feel better embodies its purpose and goals. “Our name, 4Front, comes from two areas,” said Rabbi Dena Shaffer, director of the organization. “We see ourselves on the cutting edge, or forefront, of engaging… Read More

Good Deeds Day Inspires Community Members

International Good Deeds Day, a day of community service, actively involves more than 1 million people worldwide in 15,000 projects that take place in more than 70 countries. It was started in 2007 when Shari Arison, one of Israel’s wealthiest women, decided to encourage people globally to unite and give back to their communities. This… Read More

Larry Ziffer to Step Down from CJE

Rabbi Larry Ziffer, chief executive officer of the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education, plans to step down from his position sometime in June after 15 years with the organization. Ziffer, 65, said this is the right time to leave because he is “ready to step into a new phase” of… Read More

Advocacy Day Amplifies Jewish Voices in Annapolis

Jonathan Allen and Avi Schneider normally plan their own lobbying trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. But on Tuesday night, the pair of University of Maryland, College Park, sophomores decided to shake things up and head to Annapolis. Allen, 19, and Schneider, 20, the president of and vice president, respectively, of Terps for Israel,… Read More